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On this blog you will find:

  • Updates on community building
  • Resources for veganism
  • Resources for following Jesus
  • Ideas on what we want to do at Jesus Vegans
  • Ways to get to know us better.

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Spiritual Practices I Recommend

 

These spiritual practices have helped me and others who regularly join me, to draw closer to Jesus. I hope you will join me on my Facebook page where usually I do these spiritual practices at 7:30AM, 1PM and 9PM CST.

Spiritual practices include:
*Small Group Participation: 
*Prayers for animals and creation: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Practical/Shop–ToDo/Religion/christmas_compassion06.pdf
*Connecting with nature: Prayer walk
*Healing Prayer: http://www.livehealthynaturally.info/prayer.htm#We%20pray
*Shalom for the Body: Keeping our relational circuits open
*Breath Prayers (meditation)
*Prayers of lament: http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/pouring-out-your-heart-in-lament-to-god.html
*Praying in tongues: 
*Praying and writing through scripture 
*Exercising
*Singing devotional songs like the following:
As the Deer Panteth for the Water
I Cast All My Cares upon you
*Dancing and singing, including: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_95QiVJN-U
Every cell in my body is happy Every cell in my body is well I am so happy, every little cell In my body is happy and well
*Prayer Journaling http://rachelwojo.com/how-to-start-keeping-a-prayer-journal/
*Christ-Centered Yoga: https://christcenteredyoga.com/about/
*Future prayers: This is something I made up where you pray into the future and thank God in advance for what you sense is His will for you
*Empathy from Jesus: This article describes self-empathy–but you can apply this to imagining Jesus giving you empathy http://kindcommunication.org/2012/12/16/self-empathy/
*Lectio Devina: http://www.soulshepherding.org/wp-content/uploads/Praying-with-Christ-at-the-Cross2.pdf
*Imaginative Prayer: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-spiritual-exercises/ignatian-prayer-and-the-imagination
*Repentance: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidhenson/2013/02/on-our-behalf-reclaiming-repentance-as-a-progressive-christian/
*Forgiveness
This is not specifically Christ-Centered but it can be adapted.
*End of day: daily reflection: Daily Examen
7 Sacred Pauses

Experiencing Creation Prayer Walk

This looks like a great way to connect with nature.

Silverton Friends Church

For those who could not join us at the park for worship, here is one of five spiritual exercises used this past Sunday to draw us close to God.

Introduction

The purpose of this activity is to integrate prayer, sensation and the environment. You will need to take a piece of fruit with you (preferably something locally grown and organic, if possible), unless you are able to walk somewhere that you can pick blackberries or similar as you go. You may find it helpful to take a small journal and a pen or pencil to record any thoughts, impressions or prayers that you may want to come back to later. Find a space where you can comfortably walk in a `natural’ space and without interruption.

Open your eyes

Find a space where few or no man-made objects (buildings, roads, etc) are in the centre of your vision. Look at…

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Spiritual Practices to Energize Your Relationship with Jesus

Veganism and animal rights were my focus up until about 3 months ago when through a series of what I can only call miraculous events, I was inspired to really deepen my relationship with Jesus. This came after I experienced a dark night of the soul which left me crying out to Jesus to help me make Him my priority. My prayer was answered.

Now I am hosting spiritual practice sessions on Facebook live three times a day, and a handful of people join me. Telling people that I do this, and having them count on me, has motivated me to be much more regular in my spiritual practice. In fact, I have failed miserably over my adult life to ever get a regular spiritual practice going. When I did do it, like when I meditated in Self Realization style, the time always went very slowly, and I was bored stiff!

I have learned some spiritual practices that help bring joy, energy AND connection with Jesus. Time flies by, with my longest session being 1 hour and 45 minutes. I seriously had no idea the time had gone by!

Here is a post that has the resources that I often use, and even if you are not on Facebook, perhaps you will be enriched, and start doing regular spiritual practices on your own or with your family and friends.

One person joins me just about every evening, at 9PM CST and another joins me regularly at 1PM CST. Mornings are still a time when I might be alone–7:30AM CST, but often I often have someone join me.

This is a huge improvement over me feeling so isolated, without Jesus Vegans being the community I envision. Now, when the people do come to join Cliff, Robert, and I, I will have a spiritual practice that is regular and solid, and I imagine that they will be helped immensely, as will the whole community.

Again, if you want to learn more, check out my post where I list Christ-centered spiritual practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ozark Area Community Congress Reportedly

​I loved every minute of my time from Friday afternoon til the time I left at 3:30 on Sunday.  I feel so grateful to each person I connected with, as well as to the organizers.

Here are the pictures I took which give you an idea of how awesome this beautiful gathering was. I loved the content, how it was organized, and the amazing people I met. And one of the best thing was that the cook was really into providing vegan food—even though only a handful of us are plant-based eaters. That was thrilling!

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My Dark Night of the Soul

One of the most excruciatingly painful, yet most spiritually fulfilling times life happened recently in three week period. I can no longer postpone writing about this because as time goes on my memories of what happened during this time are fading.

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I can’t forget the lessons I learned because they are ones I NEVER want to have to re-learn. 

I will share those lessons in a separate blog.

What is the dark night of the soul.? Here is an excerpt from an article in Christianity Today by Chuck DeGroat that I found very helpful:

“The fifteenth-century Christian writer John of the Cross described this experience; he called it la noche oscura, or dark night, that difficult invasion of God’s astringent grace that opens us to new realms of spiritual experience. ”

Astringent grace. Those words describe exactly what I went through.

I know that I could never have reaped the benefits from this time that I did without the help of my family. Robert, my former husband, room mate, and co-creator in community building, was willing to be present for in ways that alleviated my pain which sometimes seemed unbearable.

Every morning and evening we would talk about what I was going through and pray together. Sometimes we would read scriptures, listen to inspiring spiritual teachings and listen to worship music.
We started taking a video class which was so important for my healing present and future, Immanual Lifestyle which helps us develop an even more secure connection to God so we can come to that place where we are praying unceasingly.

In fact, this became my main prayer and yearning–to always stay connected to God and feel close to him. I felt so far away at times. 

He made me healthy food, consistently checked in with me when I hid in my room and prayed for me a lot.  He showered affection on me in the form of hugs.

Our mornings of spiritual focus were so beautiful. He would put on worship music that he thought I could resonate with, like “Beautiful” by Gungor, or “No Longer Slaves”

or No Longer Slaves performed by I Am They.  When I hear songs that we played during my darkness, the bittersweet memories come rushing back, and I remember how important it is for me to keep my connection God always alive.

During my dark night of the soul, my daughter, Maud, called me every day, and came over for long periods 3 or 4 times. Being alone was really hard for me, and having people I felt completely safe with was so important. Her husband Was really supportive of her helping me and his presence was very healing.


Chris, my son who works for me full time on Jesus Vegans projects, was super flexible. Sometimes I just couldn’t have him around because I was so unable to work on our goals. I was able to delegate to him things to do on his own without having to be on site during the worst part of the darkness. He was so encouraging and flexible.

Cliff, my former husband and present member of Jesus Vegans
Community was understanding and encouraging as well.  Knowing that my whole family was there for me helped me to be free to concentrate on my healing without having dysfunction of relationships adding to my distress.


My best friend Barbara Hulley founder of Jesus Vegans play Barbara was really supportive from a distance. I felt so grateful because she couldn’t really understand what I was going through and thought it was really important.

There were a few times when Robert started feeling overwhelmed by the amount of energy he needed to expend for me. I almost lost it during those periods, but he and I were able to talk through the difficulties in a way that added to my healing.

I did not want to see anyone else besides my family during this time. I couldn’t even talk to my good friend Sky, who lives in San Diego and is a member of Jesus Vegans coordinating circle. I did let him know that I was unable to communicate in person, but I did write him an email and keep him updated in texts. I was so grateful that he did not pressure me to talk or feel offended that I needed space.


I saw Brian Leffert on occasion because he works for us as the master carpenter for our Mir House, the community building which will serve the eco-village site.  He was always so loving and didn’t push me to talk. Later, he said, “I knew you would come out of that space.”

So what brought this dark night of the soul on? I can’t share all details because I would jeopardize other people’s confidentiality. I will share this in part 2.